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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...

Vantage Point: Prayer Warriors

By Ken Horn
Mar. 2, 2014

“God rules the world by the prayers of His saints; that prayer is the power by which Satan is conquered.” Andrew Murray shared this powerful yet basic truth in his classic With Christ in the School of Prayer.

Do you believe this? If you do indeed believe it, you must do more than feel a fleeting sense of encouragement or inspiration. You must do something about it.

God calls every Christian to a place of vigorous prayer.

“Prayer Warrior” is not one of the gifts of the Spirit. And it is not a designated office for select individuals. It is the universal responsibility of every member of the body of Christ. Yet, many Christians rely on a few people to do the bulk of the serious praying.

God never intended for us to leave the responsibility of fervent prayer to a few “serious pray-ers.”

“Prayer Warrior” should be a synonym for “Christian.” Jesus clearly intended all His disciples to be fervent in prayer. New Testament teachings are full of this truth.

God’s Word challenges us to “Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11, NIV). We are to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17, NKJV).

The practical action these verses demand somehow eludes the bulk of the church. How many people can you find in your church who could be called a prayer warrior? One, five, 10? Great! Good for your church! But our churches should be full of them!

Faithful prayer is the means by which God has chosen to bring spiritual victory. “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but ... against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12, NIV). We are instructed, no, commanded to “put on the full armor of God” (v. 13) in conjunction with this responsibility to pray.

How different would this world be if every Christian took it upon himself or herself to be a prayer warrior?

How different would our churches be if they were full of prayer warriors?

Ken Horn

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